With Gulf losing to Dunedin, and River Ridge surprisingly dropping a game to Fivay, the Mitchell remains the last undefeated Pasco County team.
The Mustangs (13-0) have been dominant, outscoring opponents 140-7.
“I’d have to say our seven seniors is a big reason why we’re doing so well right now,” Mitchell coach Scott Bisbe said. “It has been a collective effort so far. No one player really stands out from the bunch. They’ve all played really well.”
Improved pitching is also a factor. Jordan Fowler, a senior, is 6-0 and has 51 strikeouts while allowing only two runs. Madison Stanilou is 7-0 with 54 strikeouts. Both pitchers will be tested this weekend, as Mitchell competes in the Leopard Slam tournament that features area powers Brooksville Hernando, Brooksville Nature Coast and River Ridge.
“Jordan and Madison have both been very steady this season,” Bisbe said. “We’re looking forward to facing some good competition at the Leopard Slam tourney. It gives us a chance to see how good we really are.”
Academy’s Evans stellar again; English nearing 500 wins
Academy at the Lakes (10-2) has made back-to-back trips to the state semifinals and some of that can be attributed to University of South Florida commitment Lauren Evans. The shortstop is putting together another tremendous season by batting a team-high .667 with 13 RBIs. Evans also has 19 runs and 22 hits, including six triples and two home runs. With Academy’s 8-1 victory against Carrollwood Day, coach Jerry English is now three wins away from reaching 500 for his career, according to Wildcats athletic director Tom Haslam. The Wildcats have five regular-season games remaining, three against teams with sub-.500 records.
River Ridge wins PHU tourney
Many wondered how River Ridge would rebound after suffering its first loss: 1-0 to Fivay on March 11. The Royal Knights have dominated since winning the Palm Harbor University Spring Tournament at the Eddie C. Moore Complin Clearwater.
River Ridge beat Pinellas County’s Lakewood, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin and Countryside, which it defeated 12-1 in the championship. The Royal Knights (13-1) outscored their four PHU tourney opponents a combined 44-1. Ernie Beck’s team continues spring tournament play in the Leopard Slam in Brooksville by facing The Villages (11-3) today.
Correspondent Andy Villamarzo covers Pasco County prep softball and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @avillamarzo.